Lake Waco Wetlands


About Us

The vision of Waco's future is how the Lake Waco Wetlands came to be. In 2000, the Waco City Council voted to increase the level of Lake Waco by seven feet. This provided an additional 20,000 acre-feet of water.
The Lake Waco Wetlands mitigates the habitat loss due to the raised lake level. The Research and Education Center adds a valuable resource to the site. This living laboratory has opportunities for research, education and recreation.

If you need access to the Research and Education Center, call (254) 848-9654 to check availability. 

Pedestrian gate access to the wetland grounds is available even when the Research and Education Center is not open.

Contact Us

For more information, field trips, programs and workshops, or to make suggestions, please contact:
Nora Schell Lake Waco Wetlands Coordinator
Fax: (254) 848-9217
The Lake Waco Wetlands is a division of the City of Waco Water Utility Services Department.
City of Waco Water Utilities
P.O. Box 2570
Waco, Texas 76702-2570

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Getting Here

From Interstate 35 take Highway 6 (Loop 340) West.
Continue for about ten miles to the intersection of Highway 6 & FM 185.
Turn right on FM 185 and continue for about one mile then turn left on Eichelberger Crossing Road.
The Lake Waco Wetlands Research and Education Center will be on your right.
Lake Waco Wetlands Area Map(PDF, 371KB)

Functions & Building of a Wetland

Functions of a Wetland
  • To provide habitat for native animals and plants in the central Texas region.
  • To show the environmental impact of how plants in a wetland help "clean" water.
  • To provide educational programs and science based activities for wetland visitors.
Building the Wetlands
  • Construction began in 2001 when the lake level was raised by seven feet
  • Intended for habitat mitigation as a result of the Lake Waco Pool Rise
  • Over 180 acres
  • Home to a variety of aquatic and terrestrial species--including plants, mammals, insects, amphibians and reptiles
Partners in construction, programs and research:
  • City of Waco
  • the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Baylor University 
The Research and Education Center was completed in 2004. It provides a hub in educating visitors on aspects of a wetland environment. Baylor University is actively involved in research projects that enhance aquatic, geologic and forestry education.